Seoul, b.1967

Meekyoung Shin

London and Seoul-based Korean artist Meekyoung Shin is internationally renowned for her sculptures that probe the mis- and re-translations that often emerge when objects of distinct cultural and historical specificity are dislocated from their original context. Made from soap, her works replicate artefacts and canonical works of art, from Asian porcelain vases to Greek and Roman sculptures, translating between continents, cultures and centuries in the process. Meekyoung Shin was born in South Korea and completed her BFA and MFA at Seoul National University. In 1995, she moved to London to obtain her MFA at the Slade School of Art, University College London, and has since held solo exhibitions internationally including at Haunch of Venison, London (2010) and the Korean Cultural Centre UK, London (2013). She has participated in numerous group shows...

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Biography

London and Seoul-based Korean artist Meekyoung Shin is internationally renowned for her sculptures that probe the mis- and re-translations that often emerge when objects of distinct cultural and historical specificity are dislocated from their original context. Made from soap, her works replicate artefacts and canonical works of art, from Asian porcelain vases to Greek and Roman sculptures, translating between continents, cultures and centuries in the process. Meekyoung Shin was born in South Korea and completed her BFA and MFA at Seoul National University. In 1995, she moved to London to obtain her MFA at the Slade School of Art, University College London, and has since held solo exhibitions internationally including at Haunch of Venison, London (2010) and the Korean Cultural Centre UK, London (2013). She has participated in numerous group shows including at the Museum of Art and Design, New York, and the 2013 Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan. Her works are found in collections all over the world, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea. Shin was nominated for the Korea Artist Prize 2013.

Artworks

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Installation view of
Meekyoung Shin Solo Show, 2016

RELATED CATEGORIES

Ancient / Contemporary Art / Erosion / London / Porcelain / Reproduction / Sculpture / Seoul / Soap / South Korea

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 2005

    Specialist Research Development program, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, London

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016

    Meekyoung Shin Solo Show, Space K, Gwacheon, Korea

  • 2015

    How to Construct a Time Machine, MK Gallery, London

  • Translation Paintings by Meekyoung Shin, Asia House Gallery, London

Group Exhibitions

  • 2016

    Ceramique Contemporaine Coreenne, Bernardaud Foundation, Limoges, France

  • Please Return to Busan Port, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway

  • La Terre Le Feu L’esprit, Grand Palais, Paris

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Education

  • 2005

    Specialist Research Development program, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, London

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016

    Meekyoung Shin Solo Show, Space K, Gwacheon, Korea

  • 2015

    How to Construct a Time Machine, MK Gallery, London

  • Translation Paintings by Meekyoung Shin, Asia House Gallery, London

  • A Cabinet of Curiosities, Hakgojae Gallery, Shanghai

  • 2014

    Sketch’s Toilet Project, Sketch, London

  • A Cabinet of Curiosities, The National Centre of Craft & Design, Lincoln, UK; Belton House, UK

  • 2013

    Unfixed: A solo exhibition by Meekyoung Shin, Korean Cultural Centre, London

  • Written in Soap: A Plinth Project, Taipei MOCA , Taipei

  • 2012

    Written in Soap: A Plinth Project, Cavendish Square, London

  • In between Translation, MOT/Arts, Taipei

  • 2011

    Translation, Haunch of Venison Gallery, London

  • Translation, Art Club 1563, Seoul

  • 2009

    Translation, Lefebvre & Fils Gallery, Paris

  • Translation, Kukje Gallery, Seoul

  • 2008

    Translation, Museum of Art, Seoul National University, Seoul

  • 2007

    Translation – Moon Jar, Korean Gallery, British Museum, London

  • Translation, Mongin Art Centre, Seoul

  • 2004

    Performance & Show, British Museum, London

  • 2002

    Translation, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

  • Translation, Tokyo Humanité Gallery, Tokyo

Group Exhibitions

  • 2016

    Ceramique Contemporaine Coreenne, Bernardaud Foundation, Limoges, France

  • Please Return to Busan Port, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway

  • La Terre Le Feu L’esprit, Grand Palais, Paris

  • Changwon Sculpture Biennale 2016, Changwon, Korea

  • As the Moon waxes and wanes, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

  • Made in China: an Imperial Ming Vase, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol, UK

  • Club Monster, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Korea

  • 2015

    Prudential Eye Awards, Art Science Museum, Singapore

  • Probebühne 7, Museen Dahlem, Berlin, Germany

  • Have a Good Day, Mr. Kim!, Michael-Horbach Foundation, Cologne, Germany

  • Rain Doesn’t Falling for Nothing, Kingston College Art & Design, Surrey, UK

  • 2013

    DNA, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea

  • Franchetti, Berengo Centre for Contemporary Art and Glass, Venice

  • Glasstress 2013 White Light/ White heat, Palazzo Cavalli, Venice

  • Art for not making, Summaria Lunn Gallery, London

  • Asian Art Biennial, Taichung, Taiwan

  • Korea Artist Prize 2013, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

  • 2012

    As Small As a World and Large as Alone, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul

  • Material Matter, East Wing X, Courtauld Institute, London

  • Ceramic Commune, Art Sonje Center, Seoul

  • Material and Energy, Korean Eye, Abu Dhabi

  • Synopticon-Contemporary Chinoiserie, Plymouth Museum/Saltram House, Plymouth

  • The Diverse Spectrum: 600 years of Korean Ceramics, MASP, San Paulo

  • Korean Eye, Saatchi Gallery, London

  • Recasting the Gods, Sumarria Lunn Gallery, London

  • Fabricated Object, Sumarria Lunn Gallery, London

  • 2011

    38°N SNOW SOUTH: KOREAN CONTEMPORARY ART, Charlotte Lund Gallery, Stockholm

  • Convergence, OCI Museum, Seoul

  • TEFAF, Maastricht

  • TRA: Edge of Becoming, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice

  • Mr. Rabbit in Art World, Gyounggi Museum of Art, Ansan

  • Art to Wear, Plateau, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

  • Poetry of in Clay: Korean Buncheong Ceramics from Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art; Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco

  • NyLon, Korea Culture Centre, London; Korea Culture Service, New York

  • Material and Energy; Korean Eye, Museum of Art and Design, New York

  • 2010

    The Alchemists, Edel Assanti Project Space, London

  • Moon is the Oldest Clock, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung, Seoul

  • Present from the Past, Korean Cultural Centre UK, London

  • Fantastic Ordinary, Saatchi Gallery, London

  • Memories from the Past, LEEUM, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

  • 2009

    Art & Synesthesia, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

  • 2008

    Awardees, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

  • Good Morning, Mr. Namjun Paik, Korea Cultural Centre, London

  • Meme Trackers, Song Zhuang Art Center, Beijing

  • Art in Action, Waterparry House, Oxfordshire, UK

  • Nanging Triennale, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing

  • 2007

    Particules Libres, nouvelle génération d’artistes Coréens en Europe, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

  • Beauty, Desire and Evanescence, Space DA, Beijing

  • 2006

    Wunderkammer-Artificial Kingdom, Art and Archaeology, Lincolnshire, UK

  • Softness, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul

  • Looking through Glass, Asia House, London

  • 2005

    Telltale, Museum of Ewah Womans University, Seoul

  • Twenty One: New Work by Student, Slade School of Fine Art, London (curated by Ann Elliott)

  • 2004

    Do Again!, Insa Art Center, Seoul

  • Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju

  • 2003

    Chemical Art, Gallery Sagan, Seoul

  • 2002

    Eleven & Eleven-Korea Japan Contemporary Art

  • 2001

    Soft Outside/Solid Inside-Softness Crossing Over Solidness, POSCO Art Museum, Seoul

  • The 5th Galerie BHAK Contest of the Young & Remarkable Artist, Galerie BHAK, Seoul

  • The 5th Moran Sculpture Grand Prix, Moran Museum of Art, Masuk

  • Detached House, British Embassy, Seoul

  • Alchemy, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

Grants & Awards

  • 2013

    Nominee, The Korea Artist Prize 2013, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

  • 2012

    Korean Art Council Fund, ARKO, Seoul

  • Grants for Arts, Art Council England

  • 2001

    The 5th Galerie BHAK Contest of Young & Remarkable Artist, Galerie BHAK, Seoul

Collections

  • 1981

    Yongsan Council, Seoul

  • Painting Studio, Tokyo

  • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

  • The Museum of Fine Art, Houston

  • Museum of Art, Seoul National University, Seoul

  • Mongin Art Centre, Seoul

  • Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul